Train from Salzburg to Munich was only 1.5 hours so we arrived early in Munich. The train platform was also flat so we didn’t have to lift our suitcases. We are staying in Accor hotel near the train station. And we happily found that there is a Thai restaurant next to our Hotel. We have been eating Thai food throughout the entire journey lol.
We don’t have much planned for today other than and just want to take it easy. Stroll around city center and shop. Munich was our last city before flying out so we didn’t need to worry anymore about carrying extra weight on the train.
We started our tour from Marienplatz, a tram away from our Hotel.
Marienplatz and the Neues Rathaus
Marienplatz has been Munich’s central square since the city’s foundation; the site of medieval jousting tournaments; and until 1807, where markets were held. In addition to the massive Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) that fills one entire side of the square, you’ll find the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) forming a gate at the far end.
In the large open square are the Mariensäule, a tall column to the Virgin Mary erected in 1638, and the Fischbrunnen, a newer fountain that includes bronze figures rescued from an earlier 19th-century fountain. Popular with shoppers for its stores, boutiques, and restaurants, Marienplatz is the focus of festivals and scene of a large Christmas Market, one of several in the city. During the Fasching carnival, the Narren-Lindwurm (dragon) dances over the square.
Daily at 11am and noon, and at 5pm from March through October, everyone stops to watch the famous Glockenspiel on the front of the Neues Rathaus, as its mechanical figures dine, joust, and dance. It’s one of the city’s best-loved traditions, and shouldn’t be missed.
Asamkirche (Asam Church)
The beautiful Rococo Asam Church, dedicated to St. John of Nepomuk, was completed in 1746 by brothers Cosmas and Egid Asam and is richly decorated with stucco figures, frescoes, and oil paintings. While its exterior is impressive enough, particularly the large doorway flanked by massive columns and crowned by a figure of St. John kneeling in prayer, it’s the interior that’s most memorable.
Highlights include a wrought-iron grille from 1776 that separates the stucco figures of the saints from the long nave with its galleries. On the projecting cornice under the ceiling is a magnificent fresco depicting the life of St. John. The most notable feature of the interior, though, is the high altar, enclosed by four twisted columns and on which sits a glass shrine containing a wax figure of the church’s patron saint.
There were more sights to see in Munich which we didn’t cover such as Nymphenburg Palace and Gardens, Munich Residenz, The Olympic Park, Market at Viktualienmarkt, Art Museums in the Kunstareal District, and other churches such as Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church), Frauenkirche and Michaelskirche (St. Michael’s Church).